In Italian, “dormiveglia” designates that blurred state between wakefulness and sleep, in which it is difficult to distinguish dreams from reality. On the outskirts of an Italian town, homeless people are looked after at a night shelter. Rostoom is a suspended place: between its walls, there is no space, no time. At night, around a fire or beneath weak electric lights, the voices of those who keep watch confide in Luca Magi’s camera, in an exercise of extreme intimacy where words become a form of ghostly reverie specific to “dormiveglia”. A polyphonic chant that gives a rhythm to the waiting of these individuals deprived of a future. STORIES OF THE HALF-LIGHT iis a profoundly political film which, with militant dignity, looks at those who are habitually represented like skinny silhouettes, people without bodies or without names. Here, these men and women finally conquer a territory that belongs to them alone: that of dreams.
- Special Mention of the Interreligious Jury - Visions du Réel
- KINE SOCIETA COOPERATIVA
Luca Magi (1976) is a director and video artist. His works have participated at national and international festivals and exhibits, such as the Torino Film Festival, the Flash Art Museum in Trevi and the New York collective After Urban. The video art in his filmography includes SOVRAPPENSIERO (2003),IOOI (2004), PASSI A TEMPO (2005), IL BUCO(2005), URBINO PAESAGGIO UMANO (2007), and ALMEISAN (2007). ANITA is his first documentary. His latest documentary STORIES OF THE HALF-LIGHT will have its world premiere at Visions du Réel 2018.